“C’est mon plaisir” – Isabella Stewart Gardner and her collection

Isabella Stewart Gardner by John Singer Sargent
Isabella Stewart Gardner by John Singer Sargent, 1888, oil on canvas (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum P30WI)

The History & Art Girl

Isabella Stewart Gardner by John Singer Sargent, 1888, oil on canvas (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum P30WI)


Above the central portal to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is her motto:

“C’est mon plaisir” (“it is my pleasure”)

This sums up perfectly the collection housed at Fenway Court: a unique and beautiful museum created by a unique individual, who declared that when she died, it should be left:

“for the education and enjoyment of the public forever”

Last year I was lucky enough to visit Isabella’s wonderful museum and it made me want to learn more about her as a collector, and a female one at that, who created almost her own cultural centre and pulled into her circle a wide range of interesting artistic and intellectual people, summarised through an array of beautiful objects.

Isabella was born Isabella Stewart in 1840, in New York City. Her education was a…

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